June 14, 2016

Dümmen Orange Expands Its Succulent Offerings Through New Partnership With Wander Tuinier B.V.

According to Dümmen Operations Director Kate Santos, succulents are an attractive growth category because of their ease of use, shelf life in stores, drought tolerance, and versatility in application.

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February 11, 2016

Succulents: A Mainstay Of The Green Revolution

Succulents offer many options for growers to provide waterwise, low-maintenance plants that work well for green infrastructure and other environmentally focused projects.

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Dr Allan Armitage

February 8, 2016

Why Succulents Have Become The Hippest Plants On The Market

Allan Armitage says succulents used to be relegated to the far end of the display bench, but their adaptability, decorative value, and low maintenance requirements have now made them a staple.

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Northwest Horticulture offers four different mixes of sedum tiles for green roof projects. Photo courtesy North West Horticulture Feature

December 29, 2015

Growing Succulents Never Goes Out Of Style, Here’s Why

Succulents are more popular than ever, and with good reason. Learn why these tough, low-maintenance plants are a hit with consumers and deserve a place in your greenhouse, then check out the accompanying slideshow for the latest in succulent trends.

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Feature - Agave ‘Blue Waves’ (Rancho Tissue Technologies)

November 30, 2015

Spice Up The Garden With 12 New Succulent And Miniature Plant Varieties

New succulents and miniature plants for 2016 offer a variety of colors and foliage textures that add interest and visual appeal to any size garden — indoors or out.

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April 9, 2015

Altman Plants’ Online Cactus Shop Shows Strong Sales

Altman Plants recently opened its new Cactus Shop, an online retail store that sells a variety of cactus and succulents. The store is a take-off of Altman’s original wholesale business, as the company started as a mail order catalog.

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March 23, 2012

Surging Interest In Succulents

Succulents are popping up everywhere. Highlighted as trendy new additions to wedding bouquets, table floral arrangements and even guest favors, succulents have become the wedding it-plant for 2012. Beyond the wedding market, succulents are favorites in the garden astopiary garden art, living wreaths, terrariums and miniature fairy gardens, as well as in the landscape, hanging baskets and combination planters. “Succulents are very popular with younger consumers for their low-maintenance and interesting forms and textures,” says Juan St. Amant of Plug Connection in Vista, Calif. “Novice gardeners and hardcore enthusiasts alike find succulents very rewarding.” Surging consumer interest in succulents has led to increased production and more offerings from breeders. Let’s explore what some breeders are building into their portfolios. Sense New Demand As the largest producer of tissue-cultured succulents in the United States, Rancho Tissue Technologies develops unique and innovative varieties that can benefit all levels of the supply chain, […]

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November 3, 2011

12 New Succulents To Consider

Rancho Tissue Technologies introduces the Rancho Collection, an exclusive selection of varieties handpicked or bred specifically for the company. The collection includes varieties such as Agave ovatifolia ‘Vanzie’, distinguished by its leaf cupping, which is much more intense than in standard ovatifolia selections. In addition to ‘Vanzie,’ the Rancho Collection’s inaugural varieties include five more agaves: ‘Blue Flame,’ ‘Blue Glow,’ ‘Cameron Blue,’ ‘Dragon Toes’ and ‘Globe’; plus two aloes: ‘Violet’ and ‘Delta Lights’; two dyckias: ‘Brittle Star’ and ‘Burgundy Ice’; and two echeverias: ‘Purple Afterglow’ and ‘White Cloud.’ “These varieties are carefully chosen for their unique and distinctive features,” says Heather May, owner and founder. “Our breeder Kelly Griffin worked with our specific goals in mind to create the best varieties so growers and homeowners alike will be happy.” All Rancho Collection varieties are produced by tissue culture. Visit RanchoTissue.com for more information.

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April 7, 2011

The Top Four Succulent Genera

The 1970s was a “groovy” bohemian and eclectic decade featuring sexy and diverse fashions including wide-collared shirts and tight bell-bottom jeans. A time capsule back to a ’70s home might find shag carpeting, beanbag chairs, candles and faux fur furniture–all trends that have found their way back to our post-millennial residences today. Retailers also look to the past to reinvigorate the future. A major trend in retail greenery favors succulents, also known as fat plants, which are water-retaining plants that thrive in arid climates. The stars of the succulent plant family are cacti (cactaceau) better known as cactus which achieved widespread popularity in the 1970s. While all cacti are succulents, not all succulents are cacti. Succulent plants are found in more than 60 plant families which have evolved their water-storage tissues in their enlarged leaves, roots or stems as an adjustment to arid environments. Iconic national and international retail brands […]

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March 30, 2011

Succeed With Succulents

[imageviewer] Up until recently, succulents were grouped with cacti in niche collections. But unlike their prickly counterparts, succulents have really taken off, capturing a lot of consumer and designer interest. In addition to resembling living sculpture, plants are versatile and easy to use by offering the benefits of low maintenance and low water use. Succulents are showing up at retail in dish gardens, as showy specimens, living walls, picture frames, topiaries, wreaths and centerpieces for indoor and outdoor use. Garden writers and celebrities are promoting them. Stylish home décor stores like Anthropologie and Crate & Barrel are carrying them as centerpieces. “There are so many textures and colors you don’t see in flowering material,” says Juan St. Amant of Plug Connection in Vista, Calif. Vista just may be the succulent capital of the world. Major producers include Altman Plants, Plug Connection and EuroAmerican Propagators in nearby Bonsall. Ken and Deena […]

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September 2, 2010

Three New Succulents From Rancho Tissue Technologies

  Rancho Tissue Technologies has introduced three new succulent varieties: Aloe hybrid ‘Delta Lights,’ Agave pygmae ‘Dragon Toes’ and Agave hybrid ‘Blue Flame’ Created by breeder Kelly Griffin exclusively for Rancho Tissue, Aloe hybrid ‘Delta Lights’ is larger in size and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Its unique zigzag foliage pattern adds sizzle to landscapes in Zones 8-11 or interiorscapes. Produced from tissue culture, Agave pygmae ‘Dragon Toes’ was chosen for its red tips and chunky thick leaves. Each leaf of this seed selection has a distinct imprint on it, which imparts even more drama to the plant. This dwarf blue agave is great for small gardens. Plants grow to 12 inches. Agave hybrid ‘Blue Flame’ was named for both the blue in its foliage and the shape of the plant, which resembles a gas flame with its gracefully incurved leaf tips. Produced from tissue culture, this […]

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March 29, 2010

Succulents: What’s Old Is New

Succulents meet consumers. Consumers meet succulents. That may be a little extreme–they aren’t complete strangers–but a familiarity of this market on a consumer level has definitely been lacking. Until now. As one grower states, succulents are far from new and with consumer tastes becoming more refined, these plant types are beginning to see a resurgence in popularity. Making Sense Of It When it comes to ease of maintenance, clean-lined aesthetics and durability, succulents are at the head of the class–a message many growers aren’t passing onto retailers, who are then missing out on their customers. Grower Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farm, Kintnersville, Pa., says, “There’s a definite disconnect between the grower and the buyer for the store.” He says growers are not giving a clear message to the retailers, and also many buyers aren’t concerned with hearing this message because it doesn’t impact them directly. “Succulents don’t use water […]

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